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  • Born in Dallas, Texas and now happily domiciled in Los Angeles, bass player Edwin Livingston could be described as being on the crest of a wave.  His CD 'Transitions' was released in late 2010 and when recently I caught up…
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  •  New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge…
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  • Kem Owens
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    Adekemi Owens, known professionally and affectionately to music fans as "Kem," has come a long way from Nashville, Tennessee to his current hometown of Detroit, Michigan. So, one figures that is why this musical genius has written and performed songs…
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  • Law school creates more than a few challenges. There are hours upon hours of studying, grueling hours interning at law firms, and financial bills that need to find a way to get paid. For many law students the adversity is…
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Bud Powell performed some of the most amazing jazz piano work ever. At his best, no one could reach his technical and improvisational skills.
For the uninitiated, "…
Formed by tenor saxophonist Michael De Nola and pianist Gabriel Jodorkovsky in 1997, the Hudson Jazz Ensemble derives its name from sessions in a Hudson Street loft in Manh…
Joshua Redman’s latest is certainly easy listening. The mood is laid back. The groove is light; it doesn’t dig deep. The lack of bite is so smooth it teeters dangerously on…
There is a lopsided myth that academics know the music but can’t create it very well. They can comprehend the architecture of the composition; they can theorize why histori…
This Ellington concert of October 29, 1958 at the Alhambra Theater has a joyous quality. After hitting the doldrums of the early 1950s, Ellington’s band was revived in 1956…
Originally trained as an industrial engineer, Pavone did not begin playing the bass until his early twenties. The story goes that when Coltrane died in 1967, he attended Co…
Given the impressive lineup of Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman, you’d expect innovation with an edge. You’d assume the music would be difficult, but its astr…
The photo that graces W.E. Smith’s album reveals a lot about the man and his music. It is a photo taken early in the last century of a wooden-planked sheet music shop reple…
Mediterraneo is an exhilarating romp around the Mediterranean with excursions to Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Middle East and northern Africa. Paris Jazz Big Band presents…
Florida-based Eugene Grey mines familiar territory in interpreting rhythm and blues and reggae hits of years past. The music is timeless and Grey and his band certainly emb…